30.08.2019

Michelle Bachelet called for countries to create the conditions that allow the persons with disabilities to become full members of society

Since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006, countries have made significant progress in their protection. In many states, measures have been taken that have expanded the opportunities for people with disabilities in education, healthcare, and the labor market; public transport has become more accessible. 

This was announced at the opening of the 22nd session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Monday by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. 

However, she emphasized that many people with disabilities continue to face violations of their rights. There are many obstacles to their full participation in society. Women and girls with disabilities are often victims of abuse, violence and exploitation. Especially hard for people with disabilities in situations of conflict, natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

 “In many parts of the world - from Syria to Yemen, from Myanmar to South Sudan - people with disabilities is very difficult to escape from the violence and find asylum. In the context of humanitarian crises, many people with disabilities do not receive the necessary assistance and services,” said Bachelet. 

The High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that the hope for a better change is inspired by a number of measures that have recently been taken by international institutions.
In June, the Human Rights Council adopted the first resolution on the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of climate change. 

UN Security Council, in its own resolution, called for all countries and parties to the conflicts to protect people with disabilities during the fighting and to do everything possible to ensure that they receive humanitarian assistance.

Michelle Bachelet also noted the work of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and NGOs that assist people with disabilities.
“We must support countries in their efforts to create the conditions necessary for people with disabilities to become full members of society,” said Bachelet.

Source: UN News